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Committee gets early sight of criminal justice system report

18 January 2021

The House of Commons Justice Committee is to take evidence about the impact of Covid-19 across many parts of the criminal justice system when it questions four Inspectors of key national services.

The Chief Inspectors of Prisons, the Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (one inspector heads the police, fire and rescue services roles), along with the Chief Inspectors of the Crown Prosecution and Probation Services will appear virtually before the Committee at 2.30pm on Tuesday 19th January 2021.

The session is timely in that the Chief Inspectors are currently producing a joint report which sets out a system-wide review of how the criminal justice system has coped with the impact of Covid-19 since the first national lockdown and beyond.

The joint report – The impact of the pandemic on the Criminal Justice System – is due to be published on the very same day as the evidence session. This means MPs on the Justice Committee will be among the first to quiz the Inspectors about the latest developments set out in their joint study.

The report gives details of the inspections undertaken and highlights the challenges the pandemic has created as well as the practices adopted to address these.


Tuesday 19 January 2021

At 2.30pm:

  • Kevin McGinty, Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Crown Prosecution Service;

  • Justin Russell, Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Probation;

  • Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Prisons;

  • Sir Thomas Winsor, Chief Inspector, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services

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